State Highway Patrol urges drivers, bikers to exercise safety during Daytona Bike Week

Our Pensacola are probably aware that this coming week is Daytona Bike Week. In anticipation of the celebration, local law enforcement officials and motorcycle safety advocates gathered in Daytona Beach to warn drivers and bikers about the potential dangers they could face.

Last year, Daytona Bike Week saw 46 motorcycle-related injuries and five fatalities. This year, Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Highway Patrol are hoping to decrease those numbers through a safety education campaign. This week, on Wednesday and Thursday, there were already some motorcycle accidents with injuries, but no fatalities.

Daytona Bike Week typically attracts thousands of bikers to Daytona Beach and surrounding areas. Law enforcement is encouraging bikers to wear bright colors to increase their visibility, and drivers of vehicles are being encouraged to look twice in their rearview and side mirrors before switching lanes.

During the press conference this week, two Pennsylvania residents spoke about a friend who was injured during Bike Week two years ago. That biker was injured because a driver failed to check his mirror.

Motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries. Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes in Florida involve a vehicle and usually the driver of that vehicle is at fault. These accidents can be costly. In Florida, the median charge for hospital care for drivers and passengers after a crash is $56,966.

Those who suffer injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident sometimes have little choice but to pursue compensation through a personal injury suit. Doing so isn’t necessarily a pleasant process, but it can certainly result in financial relief and a feeling of closure.

Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal, “FHP: Bikers and motorists should ride safe during Bike Week,” Lacey McLaughlin, March 8, 2013